China Rich Girlfriend

China Rich Girlfriend

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians , is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.
On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over-the-moon. She has a flawless Asscher cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancée willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel in to a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore's It Girl Astrid Leong is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly-minted Tech Billionaire husband. A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385682220
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 24 cm

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msevinrud
Apr 19, 2021

Follows "Crazy Rich Asians". As had seen movie adaptation it is easy to imagine the movie actors when reading. Light diversion from a pre-pandemic, happier, time.

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Shellie1_us
Feb 07, 2021

Having read all three of the trilogy, I have to agree with another poster, this book was the best of the three. Rachel and Nick are back. Rachel now knows who her father is, and meets him due to Nick's mothers intervention. Rachel's stepmother refuses to meet her, but her half brother does meet her, and they become friends. His girlfriend/pal is the daughter of the second richest man in China. She takes Nick and Rachel on extreme luxury trips to Paris, and around Asia. Meanwhile in Singapore, Astrid is finally becoming the woman she was meant to be, and not just a stylish clothes horse. Charlie her old boyfriend who is still in love with her has tried to reconcile with his wife, but it fails. The wife blames Astrid who has been unaware of Charlie's many secret kind, and generous acts in her behalf. Astrid's husband Michael who was so scornful of her rich family, is now rich due to Charlie secret purchase of his tech company. He suddenly is good at hedge fund investing, and goes crazy spending his new wealth. Astrid realizes she idealized Michael too much, and he is not the man she projected him to be. Back in China, Rachel and Nick have some unexpected twists in their summer adventures. Also, Kitty Pong who married Bertrand, is back, with a new face, and figure, and spending money like a crazy rich Asian. She hires Nick's relative to give her a make over to be excepted into old guard Hong Kong/ Singapore society. The transformation of Bertrand is hilarious. Other family and friends from the first book appear and it rounds out their characters. A fun read, and the food descriptions make you want to eat.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 28, 2021

China Rich Girlfriend is an excellent blend of reality and fantasy to provide readers a surreal yet non-fictional world through the luxury of the “crazy rich”. Part One of the novel starts out slow but sets a solid foundation for the stories that unfurl; the book picks up speed in Part Two. A new cast of characters takes to the pages, introducing new adventures, more insight into the world of the “crazy rich”, and new travel destinations. I love how the book continues to explore East Asian culture and allows readers to imagine life as the younger generation of “crazy rich”. However, I didn’t quite enjoy that the book alternated between the perspectives of three main characters; while all stories became connected, it felt frustrating ending off on a cliffhanger from one perspective and having to read an unrelated chapter before finding out what happens. Additionally, the story can get confusing or overwhelming as many names are mentioned throughout the book. However, it was very fun with plenty of comedy, drama, and fascination. Similar to Crazy Rich Asians, author Kevin Kwan unravels an incredibly satisfying plot twist towards the end, making everything in the story worthwhile. 4/5 stars.
@demi.god.on.a.mission of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

The best out of the three. Sometimes the second one is better

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ScorchingSun
Oct 25, 2020

A continuation of the first novel's head-exploding spectacles.
Of mega rich people living in super palaces, raising spoiled spendthrift children.
Again there are some balances of sanity amid the money mad maelstrom.

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mitanline
Aug 23, 2020

The second book of the trilogy continues from where it last left off, Astrid tries to accept and come to terms that her marriage was falling apart at the seam, Rachel and Nick prepare for their upcoming wedding. Meanwhile, the news of Carlton Bao In a car crash spreads, Eleanor has rising suspicions of Rachel and him being similar, they later find out that she is Bao Gaoliang’s daughter, and thus commences the chaos. This book gave a little more insight into Astrid's storyline which was definitely a good addition. The book had so much going on with multiple storylines that gave different perspectives to each one of them. It was definitely worth the read, I found it entertaining and a little quirky.

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bookpusher
Sep 07, 2019

I liked book 1 better, but this was still a pretty good book. I wish they'd included the family tree at the beginning of this one as well as I still needed that cheat. The synopsis wasn't quite enough for me.

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mynovelesquelife
Sep 04, 2019

RATING: 3.5 STARS
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The second novel in the Crazy Rich Asians series, takes up two years after the first novel ended. Rachel is searching for her father, while Nick is avoiding his mother. Astrid, Eleanor, Kitty, Eddie are back with a new crew of crazy characters. This is another fun addition to the series.

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ambdizzle
May 17, 2019

Such a good book. The Kitty Pong storyline is so hilarious! Astrid’s storyline is entertaining. Rachel’s storyline is crazy. Can’t wait to read the third book.

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Bududo
May 13, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the trilogy. It is clear that the author is inspired by some of shenanigans reported in the press of wealthy and powerfully connected Chinese such as Jho Low and Bo Xilai.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Just you, me, and our chosen family. No one else matters.”
― Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Sorry—tried everything I could to stop Mum. Love, Dad.”
― Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“It's a long story, one that could only happen in China.”
― Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“People are messy. Life gets messy. Things are not always going to work out perfectly just because you want them to.”
― Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend

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nhph6982
Aug 26, 2020

"You may have all the money in the world, but you are the most morally impoverished child I’ve ever met! Grow up, Colette, and get a life!”
-- Rachel (Chapter 16)

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Feb 12, 2020

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Jun 02, 2019

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